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December 06, 2009

Small science

Christopher Essex, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, replies to Daniel Henninger's Wall Street Journal article on the climate change scandal. False environmental science was created by and for politicians and a public who cannot be bothered to do the work of appreciating actual science.

A milestone in this mess can be said to be when John Houghton of the IPCC said it was the IPCC’s job to “orchestrate” the views of science. Everything that has happened flows as an inevitable consequence of that.

Some important research fields have been “orchestrated” out of existence. Even before Climategate, I have been saying that we have set ourselves back a generation by taking the money from governments with so many strings attached.

Governments leaders wanted something where they could absolve themselves of the responsibility for making informed decisions. They would have to read science stuff otherwise. They ordered up a kind of unnatural scientist that would tell them precisely what they wanted to hear.

But they gave the puppeteers clubs to deal with those of us who remained true. And the perps of Climategate are what they got. All of my colleagues have had to endure these bullies and criminals for a very long time.

You should understand that (real) scientists have had to pay the heaviest price for the creation of these monsters for decades. And they were not created by us.

Update: Rumblings it was the Russian security services who hacked into and released records from the University of East Anglia's climate fraud unit. If so, civilzation owes the Russian security services a debt of gratitude.

Suspicions were growing last night that Russian security services were behind the leaking of the notorious British ‘Climategate’ emails which threaten to undermine tomorrow’s Copenhagen global warming summit.

An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has discovered that the explosive hacked emails from the University of East Anglia were leaked via a small web server in the formerly closed city of Tomsk in Siberia.

Update: Too good to summarize.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 6, 2009 08:37 AM